SBI, Canara Bank And United India Are Paying The Cost Of COVID-19 Vaccine: On Monday, the Ministry of Health informed the country that there has been a slow decline in covid cases over the last few days. While addressing the media, Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan said that in the last seven days, 188 districts have not reported a single corona virus case. India’s total COVID-19 active caseload is currently 1.39 lakh (1.39.637) on Monday, accounting for 1.28% of the country’s total infections.
It is crucial that people continue to follow the appropriate behaviour of COVID, which I called the social vaccine, along with the actual vaccine,” said the Minister. “We will be in a position to administer vaccines to those over 50 years of age in March,” he added. Talking about vaccination, Harvardhan said that 80-85 per cent of frontline workers have been vaccinated, 20-25 countries have been vaccinated and at least 18-20 vaccines are in pre-clinical, clinical and advanced stages.
While the two banks – the State Bank of India (SBI) and the Canara Bank – will pay the cost of vaccination – at 250 per dose per head – incurred by employees above 45 years of age with co-morbidities and dependents. On the other hand, United India General Insurance Company Ltd., a city-based company, will reimburse the cost of vaccination incurred by its employees who are over 45 years of age and suffer from co-morbidities.
Addressing the media, Vardhan said that in the next 2-3 weeks, vaccinations against COVID-19 will begin for people over 50 years of age. “Approximately 18-20 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are in the pipeline and are in preclinical, clinical and advanced stages,” Vardhan said.
Venkatachalam added that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health have taken priority action to vaccinate bankers. Meanwhile, unions in the general insurance sector are urging the three other government companies – National Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd and New India Assurance Company Ltd – to follow the example of United India.
In this regard, we are talking to the remaining three companies,” said K. Govindan, General Secretary of Insurance Employees All India Association (GIEAIA).”The Life Insurance Corporation of India has not issued a circular on this matter,” said All India Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) Secretary General Shrikant Mishra.